Monday, November 30, 2020

Quilt in a Quilt in a Quilt

This quilt was an old one I remember from when I was a little girl in the 70s. I don’t know if it is one my mom made or maybe it was from one of my grandparents. Now that I think about it, Mom’s work was always much neater and more precise, so I think this must have come from one of my grandparents. Maybe it was hastily put together just to have something for warmth.

I dug it out of a bag of old family quilts several months back and after looking it over, I saw a tear that needed to be repaired. But then I realized there was another quilt inside! It was a heavy quilt and now I knew why it was so heavy.

I started unpicking the binding, which was part of the old coverlet used as the backing. I know a lot of people would say leave it as is, but it was too worn to use, and it’s just going to be here in my home, and I wanted to see what was inside.

I plan to keep the front and back folded and stacked together with the older quilt. I’ll keep a note with them, explaining how they belonged together.

As I saw more, I could tell there was another quilt inside! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to reveal the third quilt, so it may just stay inside with a peek of it here and there.

There were patches on the back of the quilt...

And there were patches on the older quilt inside.

I put my hand inside the large patch and couldn’t find a hole anywhere! I wonder why such a large patch was sewn on a perfectly good quilt?

 I have a few more quilts to  examine and decide if I should repair any holes or ripped seams, or leave alone and add them to the display stack.

I’ll share them with you soon.

Take care and God bless,

Monday, November 23, 2020


I finally rearranged things in my workroom so I can focus more on sewing... quiltmaking to be more specific. I’ve collected fabrics over the years with this intention but always put that idea away for when 
I had more time.

And I finally realized there really is no time like the present. So I am working on quilts whenever I can find a little time here and there.

I have the best little helper, ever! Jolee is very good at helping me “smooth it out” when I am layering the top, batting, and backing.

I’ve already moved things around from what you see below, but you can see I keep my design wall next to my sewing machine. The less I have to travel from design wall to machine, hopefully the less chances I have to forget what goes where when I get ready to sew it.

I will have at least 8 quilts to list by the end of the month. The sizes include baby, toddler, and lap quilts. Later, I may sell larger quilts but for now I will stick with smaller ones.

But I haven’t forsaken my smaller folk art pieces! In a few days, I will have a dozen or so Christmas trees listed! I might just have a few more goodies, too!

If you are reading this, thank you for visiting my blog. I have really missed blogging and I plan to post here more often.

Take care and God bless,

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Making Blackberry Jelly

I'm still making blackberry jelly / jam. We are picking them every few days before the bear gets them.

I called it jelly to begin with, but I am allowing some pulp to squeeze through but no seeds. Maybe it's a cross between jelly and jam?

And I ran out of Sure-jell and made it with only berries and sugar. I was worried about cooking it the right amount if time because I couldn't find my candy thermometer, but it turned out great, as well!

Poppy and Jolee both approve, so I guess that's all that matters. 🥰

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care and God bless,

Monday, July 13, 2020

Blackberry Pickin’

I’m making blackberry jelly this week. The berries have started to ripen and we have to pick them as soon as possible so the local bear doesn’t eat them. 🐻 It already picked our blueberry bush clean overnight!

We let our blackberry canes get out of control the last couple of years. I’m not sure how we will clean this tangled mess, but at least they are thornless. That makes berry pickin’ much more enjoyable. 😁
Although, planting a few along the barbed wire fence defeats the purpose of thornless berry bushes.

Is anyone else making jellies or jams. What is your favorite?

In a few days I’ll share some more gardening and canning photos...
and a very sweet surprise! 🥰

Take care and God bless,

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Spring Has Sprung!

I've listed the first batch of birds and a bunny...

Come see them here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Mohair and Wool Birds

This weekend I'll have a few birds... and maybe bunnies... made from vintage mohair and wool.

I've been adjusting my hand drawn pattern, so each bird will be slightly different.

And my husband gave me some ebony left over from his guitar-making. I'm whittling the little beaks from the ebony.

Come back Saturday night to see the collection.

Take care and God bless,